Reptiles Smuggled In Suitcases at Bangkok Airport
Posted Jun 2nd 2011 09:15 AMUpdated Jun 2nd 2011 10:58 AM
The animals were discovered Wednesday when an Indian traveler arriving from Bangladesh didn't pick up his bags.
Among the animals inside were endangered species: Gharials, a type of Indian crocodile, and Indian star and roofed tortoises.
Many of the reptiles found are banned from international trade, Customs Department Director-General Prasong Poontaneat told the Associated Press. He added they would be held for evidence and cared for by wildlife officials.
Thailand is a major center for illegal international wildlife trade. Just last month a smuggler was busted in Bangkok with baby leopards, panthers, monkeys and a bear. Other incidents there have included a man found with a veritable zoo in his bags in February, plus a baby tiger cub disguised with stuffed animals.
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